LYNDEN, Wash. — First responders were dispatched about 12:40pm to the Guide Meridian (SR539), south of Beard Road and in the southbound lanes, due to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian injury collision.
Officials with the Washington State Department of Transportation said, as of 1pm, the initial response to the incident was blocking the right lane.
The Washington State Patrol issued a press memo this evening detailing the incident.
A 2002 Ford F150 pickup was southbound on the Guide towing a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country van using a tow strap. The strap disconnected and both vehicles stopped. The driver of the towed vehicle got out to replace the strap. The Ford resumed going southbound and the unoccupied Chrysler struck the man that was outside the vehicle.
The driver of the Ford, identified as Norman J Shiflet, age 56 of Maple Falls, was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of vehicular homicide. Drugs and/or alcohol are considered a factor in the incident.
The victim, identified as a 59-year-old Lynden man, was declared dead at the scene.
Approximate location of the crash